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An August 5 alert issued by Microsoft’s Security Response Center is blowing the whistle on hacking efforts focused on three classes of internet of things (IoT) devices that Microsoft asserts are being attacked by the hacking group it identifies as “Strontium,” better known as the Russia-based cyber espionage group Fancy Bear. […]

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Microsoft is getting into the SparkNotes game with its latest project. In an April 23 blog post, Microsoft explained that it is using AI to help decode 19 plays from William Shakespeare in an attempt “to shine a new light on some of the greatest pieces of literature, as well as make them more accessible to people who worry the plays are too complex to easily understand.”






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The Department of Defense has narrowed the competition for its $10 billion, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to a choice between Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, according to a DoD spokesperson.






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The Cybersecurity Tech Accord announced yesterday that it has added 11 new companies to its pledge, bringing its total to 90 signatories. AnchorFree, Domain Tools, Flowmon Networks, MarkMonitor, NTT, Paladion, Percipiet.ai, Silent Breach, Tanium, Telecom Italia, and Unisys all signed on and pledged to “defend customers everywhere from malicious attacks by cybercriminal enterprises and nation-states.”






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On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that the mobile version of its Microsoft Outlook platform would be available to all Federal customers after updates to its platform met high-level compliance standards with the Department of Defense (DoD).






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Industry partners would like more clarity and more Federal support of artificial intelligence (AI) as part of the upcoming update to the 2016 National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan. This request came in the recently released responses to the request for information for the update.






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Federal officials are looking at 2019 as the year of the hybrid cloud, as agencies shift from the Cloud First policy of moving pell-mell into as-a-service models to the Cloud Smart policy, which focuses more on making cloud work with legacy systems and serving agency missions.






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The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace–a global cyber pact introduced last month at the Paris Peace Forum by French President Emmanuel Macron–now has more than 420 signatories, including countries, companies, and non-profit organizations and advocacy groups.






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Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, pledged in a blog post late last week that the company will “proactively” engage with the Federal government to “advocate for policies and laws that will ensure that AI [artificial intelligence] and other new technologies are used responsibly and ethically.”






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Yesterday two academics proposed creating an international organization modeled after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), that would “provide assistance and relief to vulnerable citizens and enterprises affected by serious cyberattacks.”






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Akamai, a content delivery network and cloud service provider, and Slack, a provider of cloud-based collaboration tools and services, have joined BSA | The Software Alliance as new global policy members.






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